Weekend Review: Tobin third at Almond Blossom Cross Country in Albufeira


Sean Tobin secured an impressive third place finish at the World Athletics Cross Country Permit series, in Albufeira on Sunday (18).

The Clonmel AC athlete was joined on the podium by Thierry Ndikumwenayo (BDI) and Hosea Kiplangat (UGA), the former finished ninth at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus.

Portugal’s Rui Teixeira, Uganda’s Hosea Kiplangat,Sean Tobin and Spain’s Fernando Carro joined Ndikumwenayo in the lead pack in the early stages, covering the first of four two-kilometre laps in 6:32.

Teixeira was dropped before the half-way point, leaving the four other men to reach the end of the second lap in 12:53. Tobin then had a brief stint at the front the pack on the third lap while Carro faded out of contention.

Ndikumwenayo moved up a gear on the final circuit and opened up a gap over Kiplangat and Tobin, completing the 8.1km course in 25:22. 20-year-old Kiplangat took second place in 25:30 and Tobin placed third in 25:39.

Men (8.1km)

  • 1 Thierry Ndikumwenayo (BDI) 25:22
  • 2 Hosea Kiplangat (UGA) 25:30
  • 3 Sean Tobin (IRL) 25:39

Aoibhe Richardson, who was part of Ireland's European cross-country silver medal winning team in Portugal in 2019 was in action on Sunday and produced an impressive performance in the 1500m at the Bryson Clay Meeting. Representing San Francisco University, she claiming a 12 seconds PB of 4:21:15 finishing 10th.

On Saturday evening, Thomas Pitkin, who was recently selected as a reserve for the World Mixed Relay squad took home the win in the 400m H at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational (53.15).

Jack O'Leary continued his impressive start to 2021 with a 9 second PB in the 1500m (3:47:83) at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville.

Westport’s Sorcha McAllister, who was also part of that 2019 medal winning European cross-country team made her 10000m track debut for Boston College and posted a superb 34:30:24 which ranks 37th on the Irish all-time list (10000m outdoor).

More to follow.....

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